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Review: To Catch a Vampire by Jennifer Harlow

Title: To Catch a Vampire

Author: Jennifer Harlow

Genre: Mystery/Urban Fantasy

Series: A F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation (Book 2)

Publication Date: September 8, 2012

Format: Paperback, 288 Pages

ISBN-10: 0738727113 (Midnight Ink)

ISBN-13: 978-0738727110 (Midnight Ink)

Reviewed by: Kristie


Mission #2 brings sizzling kisses and deadly vengeance

Beatrice Alexander is still adjusting to life as a secret special agent, wiping out zombies and other supernatural threats. Now, a new case requires partnership with her annoying and gorgeous vampire co-worker Oliver. To infiltrate the goth vamp scene in Dallas, Texas, they must go undercover as a married couple and, Oliver’s convincing public affection has Bea swooning in her bustier and fishnets. Clubbing with the undead turns bloody when Oliver’s old enemy, the vampire lord of Dallas, turns up.

Quick & Dirty: Fun, quirky yet serious mystery novel.

Opening Sentence: I think I just officially realized that I’m a true-blue freak.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

To Catch a Vampire finds Beatrice Alexander (telekinetic extraordinaire) bemoaning her place in F.R.E.A.K.S. It is not that she doesn’t like it, in fact she loves it, it is just the fact that she can’t tell her family and friends what she does for a living. She is also moping because her current crush, Will the werewolf, is on vacation but she really wants him to enjoy his time off, so when an opportunity to work a case on disappearing humans comes up, she eagerly takes the job without telling Will. Of course, said job will leave Beatrice working alone alongside the irresistible yet irritating vampire Oliver.

Beatrice is basically on a solo mission. The other members of the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad take a backseat in this novel. During the mission, Oliver leaves her to do all the research and interviews while he tries to deal with the vampire politics. The vampires in this world are definitely a strange group and Beatrice learns more than she ever wanted when she is dragged into a situation from Oliver’s past.

Beatrice, Will and Oliver’s love (or lust) triangle continues to grow and get more complicated. Beatrice is really conflicted with her thoughts and actions towards Will and Oliver. Beatrice is still the funny and quirky chick that she was in the first novel Mind Over Monsters. Since she is still relatively new to the team Bea is still finding her way so this mission is her way of proving herself to the team.

To Catch a Vampire is very much a funny and campy novel but there is a layer of seriousness to the events that happen. Once again told from the point of view of the odd Beatrice, I enjoyed her voice but not as much as I did in the first novel. The ruthlessness of the vampire world and Bea and Oliver’s relationship makes this novel an amusing read. This novel starts off as mystery and moves like a mystery novel until the second half where the action really kicks in and moves this novel along at a good pace.

Overall, To Catch a Vampire is a fun and enjoyable novel. My only complaint is where Beatrice’s relationships were left off at the end. I would like to see more of the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad and Bette the machete in the future if there is a sequel. Jennifer Harlow’s next book What’s a Witch to Do? is set in the same world but does not continue Bea’s storyline.

Notable Scene:

I don’t see the men move until they’ve reached their destinations. When vamps move, they move fast. Faster than the human eye can process. I feel the breeze of quick movement, but nothing else until the moment someone grabs me. I don’t have the time to react. A preternaturally strong arm wraps around my chest the moment they disappear. Oliver reappears a few feet from me, punching J.R. square in the jaw, the crack curling my toes. J.R. smashes to the ground. That’s when it registers that someone’s got me in a bear hug. If that’s not bad enough, cold steel presses against my temple. Oh, I really hope that’s not what I think it is.

“Hey!” Gerry says.

Before Oliver manages another punch, his eyes dart to us. His cocked fist lowers. He snarls, pointed fangs in full view. “Put it down.”

Oh, crud. It is what I think it is. I’ve only ever had a gun pointed at me once, and it wasn’t exactly a pleasant experience. It resulted  in me having to kill the man holding the gun. I had nightmares for weeks. “Leave him alone or I splatter your skank’s brains out,” Gerry says.

Oh, no. I think the last few days’ events have finally caught up with me. My body begins shaking like a jonesing heroin addict, and my knees just about give out. A whimper escapes my mouth, then another.

Oliver looks from the giant holding me to meet my eyes. He looks damn near scared as I am. “Trixie, darling, calm down. Everything will be alright, my darling. I promise. I swear it to you. I will never let them harm you. We can handle this. You can handle this. Do you trust me?”

A F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation:

1. Mind Over Monsters

2. To Catch a Vampire

FTC Advisory: Midnight Ink Books provided me with a copy of To Catch a Vampire. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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